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September 25th, 2016

Use this link to order a copy of the hardcover edition of This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead signed by both authors. US addresses only, please! If you’re out of the country, contact me and we’ll work something out.




This Is All a Dream We Dreamed

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1462

September 25th, 2016

Week of September 26, 2016

Part 1 23:34
Grateful Dead 9/26/72 Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
PLAYING IN THE BAND

Part 2 32:13
Grateful Dead 9/26/72 Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
YOU WIN AGAIN
EL PASO
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
TOMORROW IS FOREVER

Chuck Berry, The Definitive Collection (Chess Records)
LET IT ROCK

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Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.


The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Tuesday, October 4, it’ll be a blister in the sun type of performance when the Violent Femmes rock the house with their signature licks and folk-punk lyrics. Saturday, October 8, Funky Meters take New Orleans magic to The Cap for a double headlining gig with funk, afrobeat, and jazz influenced outfit The Motet. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1461

September 18th, 2016

Week of September 19, 2016

Part 1 36:34
Grateful Dead 9/26/72 Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
BIRD SONG
BIG RIVER
SUGAREE
AROUND AND AROUND
CASEY JONES

Part 2 19:09
Bob Weir, Blue Mountain (Columbia/Legacy)
GONESVILLE
LAY MY LILY DOWN

Dead and Company 7/23/16 The Gorge, George WA
DIRE WOLF
Grateful Dead, Workingman’s Dead
NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE

Bob Weir’s new record Blue Mountain will be released at the end of the month. Here are two more tracks to check out!

I chose “Dire Wolf” from the wonderful Dead and Company 7/23 show in part because of the magnificent piano solo by Jeff Chimenti. Great stuff! This and other shows from the summer tour are available from livedead.co. Here’s a direct link to that particular recording.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Tuesday, October 4, it’ll be a blister in the sun type of performance when the Violent Femmes rock the house with their signature licks and folk-punk lyrics. Saturday, October 8, Funky Meters take New Orleans magic to The Cap for a double headlining gig with funk, afrobeat, and jazz influenced outfit The Motet. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

David Gans – recent live videos

September 12th, 2016

Video from the current tour:

Courtesy of Ira Heller, “Ship of Fools-> In Another World” at Electric Haze in Worcester MA 9/8/16.

DG with Dead Show 9/10/16 at the Acoustic in Bridgeport CT. This is the complete show – my opening solo set, then two full sets of Dead Show with me sitting in a couple of times.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1460

September 11th, 2016

Week of September 12, 2016

Part 1 29:29
Grateful Dead 9/26/72 Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
PROMISED LAND
COLD RAIN AND SNOW
ME AND MY UNCLE
HE’S GONE

Part 2 26:29
Grateful Dead 9/26/72 Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, NJ
MEXICALI BLUES
DEAL
CUMBERLAND BLUES
BLACK-THROATED WIND

Jerry Garcia, Garcia (Round)
LOSER

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The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, September 23, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon hangs up his punk rock sound for an impressive array of Americana vibes. On Saturday, September 24, Karl Denson will evoke the funky universe of Prince’s renowned album, “Dirty Mind.” Denson has played with The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, and most recently, Phil Lesh and Friends at Terrapin Crossroads. On this upcoming tour, Denson will be joined by the wild and crazy Angelo Moore from Fishbone. Events, Information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable, hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Nice article in the Wilmington Star News

September 10th, 2016

For writer and musician David Gans, career has intertwined with Grateful Dead by Brian Mull

I do a lot of interviews, and I am sometimes dismayed by what I see. Not this time! Brian transcribed his notes accurately and organized his material beautifully!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1459

September 4th, 2016

Week of September 5, 2016

Part 1 35:08
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
SPACE->
I NEED A MIRACLE->
GIMME SOME LOVIN’->
MORNING DEW->
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

Part 2 20:41
Grateful Dead, undated 1966 rehearsal
VIOLA LEE BLUES
Bob Weir, Ace
WALK IN THE SUNSHINE
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE

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The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, September 14, The Cap joins quirky and colorful singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their album “Rabbit Coat Fur.” On Saturday, September 17, Greensky Bluegrass takes psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll and bluegrass to The Cap for a foot-stompin’ celebration with Cabinet. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

John Conroy Images

August 31st, 2016

Keith Godchaux 5/25/74

I ran across John Conroy‘s excellent photos the other day, and he was kind enough to share this one along with a link to more of his photos. This picture of Keith Godchaux was taken at the UC Santa Barbara stadium on May 25, 1974 (a show I also attended!); there are more images from that day that I know you’ll like, along with lots of other interesting stuff. Check ’em out!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1458

August 28th, 2016

Week of August 29, 2016

Part 1 25:08
Bob Weir, Blue Mountain
ONLY A RIVER
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
SAMSON AND DELILAH

Part 2 30:25
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
SHIP OF FOOLS->
HE’S GONE->
DRUMS

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Bruce Hornsby, unofficial Grateful Dead keyboardist, and inductor of the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is coming to The Cap on Thursday, September 8 with The Noisemakers. And on Friday, September 9, rock heroes Little Feat return to The Cap stage for their 5th performance. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

“Confessions of a Dead Head”

August 26th, 2016

Confessions of a Dead Head by the Starburst Commander is a sweet little (under 100 pages) memoir of a guy whose first show was at Winterland in 10/74. He touches all the bases: hilarity on the highway; post-show coffee-shop hijinks; a borrowed account of meeting a band member; getting deep into the songs; emotional processing and catharsis at shows.

I enjoyed the book immensely and I recommend it to all.

The Starburst Commander moved to Mexico a few years back. I lost touch with him for a while, but we’re back in contact and we’ve made an arrangement to make his wonderful book available again.

Here’s an interview I did with the author in 2009.

And here’s an excerpt:

Dentist and I love “Stella Blue” and once listened to a live bootleg version of it more than 30 times in a row. We were on a construction site off of St. Stephen’s Road in Lafayette, CA. This was back in the cassette tape days, and by replay number six we had the timing down on the rewind.

“Stella Blue” is the perfect combination of brilliant musical and lyrical writing. This song is Garcia and Hunter in their element and at their very best. There is not one wasted word. Every line, every verse sets us up for the next line and the next verse. And when Jerry finishes it up on his guitar, we have a genuine masterpiece. It is as perfect as a song can be, and Hunter’s lyrics are a true reality check.

“Dust off those rusty strings just one more time.” It gets me every time. “Gonna make ’em shine” – that last hope of hopes. It is beautiful, but starkly lonely. It seems a brutally, pessimistically optimistic song.

Then – “There’s nothing you can hold for very long” – Stella Blue. Fuck me four times sideways. Like a lamb to the slaughter I follow every word. My emotions are pulled in every direction. Am I sadly happy or happily sad? This song leaves me longing for the knowledge of something I don’t quite understand, and Jerry’s solo continues to take me apart before he slowly puts me back together again. The pauses between his notes here are perfect evidence of his musical genius. Style over speed, quality over quantity. Never a blur, always succinctly clear. I find myself anticipating each note and the wait is sweet.





“It is truly a sweet little memoir that does what good memoirs do: it takes the intensely personal and uses it to speak to the universal. There is no way anyone who touched the scene in even the most superficial way will not find echoes of their own feelings beautifully expressed. Well worth a read.” – Steven Gimbel, author of Grateful Dead and Philosophy

Confessions of a Dead Head

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1457

August 21st, 2016

Week of August 22, 2016

Part 1 17:50
Dead and Company 7/15/16 Fenway Park, Boston MA
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
Bob Weir, Ace
CASSIDY

Part 2 37:28
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
ALTHEA
CASSIDY
WEST LA FADEAWAY
LET IT GROW

Dead & Company live concerts are available in a variety of formats from LiveDead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.


The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Bruce Hornsby, iconic keyboardist who served as unofficial member of the Grateful Dead from 1990-1992, will play The Cap with The Noisemakers on Thursday, September 8. And on Friday, September 9, rock legends Little Feat return to The Cap for a night of classics. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1456

August 14th, 2016

Week of August 15, 2016

Part 1 35:41
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
HEY POCKY WAY
BIG BOSS MAN
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
FRIEND OF THE DEVIL
MAMA TRIED->
MEXICALI BLUES

Part 2 20:00
Dead & Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA
MORNING DEW->
CASEY JONES

Dead & Company live shows are available in a variety of digital formats (download and CD) from livedead.co

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Mung Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, September 8, The Cap will host Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers. Hornsby played over 100 shows with the Grateful Dead, including last summer’s legendary 50th anniversary “Fare Thee Well” shows. It’s a rare opportunity to see Bruce Hornsby at one of Jerry Garcia’s favorite venues. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Dead to the World 8/10/16

August 10th, 2016

Dark Star->
St Stephen
Dead & Company 7/30/16 Shoreline Amphitheater

Don’t Let GoJerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 7 (11/8/76 Sophie’s, Palo Alto CA)

It’s Just Happening
When the Zombies Come
Emily Yates live in the KPFA studio

China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Morning Dew->
Casey Jones
Dead & Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers – Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 6 (7/5/73)

She Said She Said – The Beatles, Revolver

GD Hour in Rochester MN

August 9th, 2016

Starting August 20, the Grateful Dead Hour will air Saturdays at 10pm on KRPR 89.9 in Rochester, Minnesota.

Complete station list is here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1455

August 7th, 2016

Week of August 8, 2016

Part 1 28:00
Dead & Company 7/3/16 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
BIRD SONG->
NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE

Part 2 28:11
Dead and Company 7/16/16 Fenway Park, Boston MA
PLAYING IN THE BAND
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 6 (7/5/73)
FINDERS KEEPERS
Grateful Dead, American Beauty
OPERATOR

In my haste to get my show produced while traveling, I neglected to mention that Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay is featured in the Fenway performance of “Playing in the Band”! She was there for both shows that weekend.

Dead & Company live shows are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Mung Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

The legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. A haven for DeadHeads and one of Jerry Garcia’s favorite theaters, The Capitol Theatre boasts state-of-the-art light, sound, and video systems. Live music is featured several nights a week at the venue’s nightclub, Garcia’s. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.